Green Apple Entertainment // 2012 // 83 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Alice Nelson // May 2nd, 2013
Census taking made easy!
An evil corporation called Omni Tech designs a solar shield to protect the earth from rising temperatures. When the shield fails, an apocalyptic event destroys the country, leaving Lilith (Suzanne Tufan) as the sole survivor. Through flashbacks, Lilith looks back on her life, as she struggles to survive in solitude.
Population 2 is a message movie in which the message is cloudy and disjointed. It's either an indictment on corporations, or the government -- it's hard to tell which -- and by the time the credits go a rollin' by it ends up being an indictment on itself.
The idea is the government has relinquished its power to the influential Omni Tech Corporation, who made a grave error with their solar shield, and because of it, our own government orders a nuclear strike. The film never explains what the error is or why the US decides to attack its own citizens. I think Robocop had a similar anti-corporate theme, but it was so much more effective that even if your politics didn't agree with the theme, it was far more palatable to those that lean to the right.
Lilith is the main focus in this tale, but she never makes a connection with the audience. We see some of what her life was like through scattered flashbacks, but she is an empty and unsympathetic character; this could be due to the muddled script and acting that is mediocre at best. Lilith narrates over scenes of herself wandering through the burned out streets of what was once a thriving American metropolis and sitting in old restaurants and buildings that were once someone's home. Each scene goes like this: she sits with a gas mask over her face, looks around, sighs, then moves on. And yes, it's as boring and pointless as it sounds.
If you think I've forgotten about the second member of this exclusive club, nary a mention is made of another survivor; Lilith is the only human being we see post nuclear strike. Then why is it called Population 2? Your guess is as good as mine. I'm sure writer/director Gil Luna had something specific he wanted to say with his film, but he just doesn't make his case very well at all.
Population 2 is a simple 1.78:1 standard def anamorphic widescreen transfer, with a clean and clear picture. The Dolby 5.1 Surround track is easy to hear especially against the ambient sounds of a world inhabited by one woman. The DVD is a minimalists dream; the only extra is the film's trailer, which, by the way, is as disconnected as the film itself.
Post-apocalyptic films can give us a fascinating look at someone's idea of what might become of us if the world as we know it is destroyed. Population 2 however, is nothing more than an empty meandering stroll through a world with a woman we don't know, and unfortunately because of a poor script, we never get an opportunity to know.
Not apocalyptic, but Guilty nonetheless.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Green Apple Entertainment
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
* English (SDH)
Running Time: 83 Minutes
Release Year: 2012
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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